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09/23/2007 01:21:23 AM · #1
I'm going to buy a new lens for my 400D.
I'd like to a have a multipurpose or "all-day" lens (budget 500 USD max) suitable mainly for street photograph or candid as you prefer and even portraits: focal range should be similar for both use.
Thanks in advance
09/23/2007 02:04:50 AM · #2
EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM ($515) or EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM ($410)

The 28-135 is a little narrow due to the 1.6 FOVCF of the 400D/XTi, both are very good lenses...good luck

//www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-28-135mm-f-3.5-5.6-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx

//www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-S-17-85mm-f-4-5.6-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
09/23/2007 02:19:13 AM · #3
I also think the 28-135 lens would be a good choice, but for simple stuff like street photography and candid work, I think this is an excellent choice. I had this lens and really wish I hadn't gotten rid of it:

Canon 28-105

This is an excellent lens...
09/23/2007 04:37:56 AM · #4
Two very nice lenses are the Tamron 28-75 and the Tamron 18-250.

The 28-75 has decent focal range and excellent picture quality, while the 18-250 has excellent focal range and good picture quality.
09/23/2007 09:35:02 AM · #5
Tamron 24-135 is a good lens for walkaround. Very sharp, great range and does macro too. (selling mine for $275 - PM if interested)

Canon's 28-135 IS is plentiful right now - it's in a 40D kit and many people are buying the kits and selling the lenses new. I got one with my 40D and it's a bit faster focusing than the tamron, but not as wide at the short end and I don't think it's quite as sharp - i shoot mostly people so super sharp isn't a good thing LOL

If you're not too particular the 18-200 class of lenses are good all in ones, but that much range means more compromises in image quality, focus, distortion, etc.

The 17-85 canon is a decent lens and very sharp, but it's close to $600 and the same image quality as the tamron mentioned above, and the tamron gives you more range where you need it when out on walkabout IMO.
09/24/2007 10:03:00 AM · #6
Thanks , guys!
My idea is exactly around the two mentioned range, 17-80 ca. or 24-135 ca.
I'm still curious to compare diffent brands including sigma in the evaluation.
Howere I'll decide soon
Thanks a lot for you help
09/24/2007 10:31:48 AM · #7
Originally posted by pinegan:

Thanks , guys!
My idea is exactly around the two mentioned range, 17-80 ca. or 24-135 ca.
I'm still curious to compare diffent brands including sigma in the evaluation.
Howere I'll decide soon
Thanks a lot for you help


you can find some good reviews on lenses here //www.photozone.de/8Reviews/index.html

-dave

Message edited by author 2007-09-24 10:31:56.
09/24/2007 10:52:06 AM · #8
I really think the 28 mm 1.8 and the 35 mm f/2 are the two best walk around lenses for that camera. If you had no crop factor I would say a 50mm f1.4 is great too.

Using your feet as a zoom is very effective and the fast apertures of these lenses make them ideal for shooting in bars, restaurants, city streets at night etc. And they have very nice bokeh, as in you can take a very nice portrait with them. You just have to get close to your subject and interact with them. I think this is a good thing though as it forces you to really get a better feel of who you're photographing and not just kinda sniping people on the street.
09/24/2007 11:01:16 AM · #9
I've heard bad things about the Canon 17-85 IS regarding image quality. I've heard people call it one of the worst lens canon has made. The range is very nice though. I've never used it, but I would not pay $500 for it.

The 28-135 IS lens is decent. While not real wide, going out to 135mm is very handy and IS is nice for cloudy days. I don't use it much as I have a better lens for that use, but I'm not selling mine. And as prof said, you can get one cheap. get a lens hood for it though!

I've heard a lot of great things about the Tamron 28-75 F2.8, as long as 28mm is wide enough and 70mm is long enough that's a great choice. I never used it, but in your price range this would be one I'd look into first.

While the 18-200 and 18-250 lens look real attractive, image quality will probably dissapoint. Although, it may be a good lens to get to use and determine exactly what zoom range you use most? I'd love to see someone do a head to head comparison with one of these compared to a point and shoot like the S3 or S5.
09/24/2007 11:04:18 AM · #10
my next lens will be the canon 28mm 1.8 for candid/street

you're going to want a fast lens, it's more important than a zoom range

(edit to add) look at this shot, it's not great, but it's an example of a shot that you won't be able to get with a zoom lens, they just don't let in enough light.

Message edited by author 2007-09-24 11:12:04.
10/02/2007 06:06:36 AM · #11
well, folks,
at the end of the story maybe disappointing some of you I bought a Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro.
I didn't see specific reviews and I believe that is not a wonderful lens but being a good bargain (200 euros) I decided to take it and start to train with the range.
Eventually a better one will replace it in future, let's see.
Obviously comments are welcome!
Thanks again for your help
10/02/2007 08:31:47 AM · #12
Originally posted by pinegan:

well, folks,
at the end of the story maybe disappointing some of you I bought a Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro.
I didn't see specific reviews and I believe that is not a wonderful lens but being a good bargain (200 euros) I decided to take it and start to train with the range.
Eventually a better one will replace it in future, let's see.
Obviously comments are welcome!
Thanks again for your help


Enjoy your new lens!

Personally I think you're better off with that lens than a zoom starting at 24 or 28mm - wide angle is great :). Good value for money too.

splidge
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